South Suburban College
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Echocardiography Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


ECG 100 - Patient Care Skill (4, 4)

Prerequisite: ENG 101, BIO 185, FAD 205, PHY 115 & Approval by the Coordinator

Overview of the profession of echocardiography with an emphasis on its history, philosophy, and the nature of the profession. Explore the role of the cardiac technician.

ECG 101 - Echocardio Fundamentals (4, 5)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Coordinator

A study of clinical medicine pertinent to sonography including obtaining the clinical history and related clinical signs and symptoms form the patient chart or interview. Diagnostic testing pertinent to the ultrasound diagnosis and specialized medical terminology are discussed and defined. Medication terminology, classification, and administration will be introduced. Ultrasound equipment controls, laboratory setup, and the beginning physical principles associated with diagnostic medical sonography are discussed.

ECG 104 - Echo Anatomy (4, 5)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Coordinator

The course is a study of the cardiac and vascular Anatomy and physiology in the normal and abnormal patient. The hemodynamic, pathology, and pathophysiology of the cardiac system are discussed and analyzed. The pathology, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnostic testing, and treatment of various cardiac diseases are discussed.

ECG 126 - Echo Clinical 1 (4, 7)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Coordinator

This course is a supervised clinical experience, which will cover basic cardiac scanning techniques and protocols with emphasis on observation of two-dimensional and M-Mode scanning of the normal heart. This course is designed for the student to observe applications of the principles and concepts taught in Cardiac Ultrasound imaging and observe a functioning ultrasound department.

ECG 127 - Echo Clinical 2 (4, 6)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Coordinator

The clinical component of Echo Clinical II, this course is a supervised clinical experience which will cover cardiac scanning techniques and protocols with emphasis on color flow, cardiac Doppler, and two-dimensional and M-mode ultrasound scanning of the normal heart. This course is designed for the students to practice cardiac ultrasound techniques and observe a functioning ultrasound department.

ECG 200 - Echo Physics (4, 5)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Coordinator

This course will cover ultrasound instrumentation and the physical principles of sound, ultrasound, and Doppler pertinent to sonography. Emphasis will be placed on propagation principles, transducer parameters, interactive properties of ultrasound with human tissues and quality control procedures.

ECG 204 - Echo Imaging I (4, 6)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Coordinator

This course will cover the basic terminology, anatomy, instrumentation, and physical principles necessary for the student to begin two-dimensional and M-mode ultrasound scanning of the normal heart. In addition, students will practice applications of basic scanning techniques and protocols with emphasis on the normal heart.

ECG 205 - Echo Imaging II (4, 5)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Coordinator

Ultrasound Imaging Lab II will cover scanning techniques and protocols with emphasis on color flow, cardiac Doppler and two-dimensional and M-Mode ultrasound scanning of the abnormal heart. This course also provides the students the opportunity to practice scanning techniques and protocols.

ECG 210 - PACS (2, 3)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Coordinator

As today's digital imaging modalities become integrated into a Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS), technicians must maintain networks as well as imaging systems. This course is a hand on course designed to teach the technician the skills necessary to service the PACS system.

ECG 226 - Echo Clinical III (4, 6)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Coordinator

This course is a continuation of the clinical component of echo clinical II, and is a supervised clinical experience covering cardiac-scanning techniques and protocols with emphasis on two-dimensional, M-modes, color flow, and cardiac Doppler ultrasound scanning of the normal and abnormal hear. The course is designed for the students to practice cardiac ultrasound techniques and observe a functioning ultrasound department.

ECG 230 - Echo Seminar (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Coordinator

Advanced study of cardiac ultrasound physics and echocardiography in preparation for the certifying examinations. A review of case studies and mock examinations will help students to focus on his/her individual areas.

For questions regarding the ECG Program, please call the Health Professions Department at 708-596-2000 x 2204. To make an appointment with the Health Professions Career Advisor, Kathryn Melin-Eberhardt, please contact the Counseling Department at ext. 2306.

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